Mobility War: GM and Toyota Pursue Different Long-Range Strategies

While GM cuts deal worth $88 million to build 40 hydrogen fuel cell cars, Toyota plans to charge hefty premiums of up to $8,000 for its gasoline electric luxury SUVs.

Published: 31-Mar-2005

General Motors has cut a deal with the Department of Energy to build hydrogen-powered cars while Toyota is planning for a big payday with its tried and tested hybrid technology.

The GM deal is worth $88 million and calls for a fleet of 40 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles along with further development of the technology.

Toyota, on the other hand, is planning to charge hefty premiums - about $5,000 to $8,000 - for its gasoline-electric hybrid SUVs compared with the gasoline-powered versions of the same vehicles.

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